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Species: Protammodytes sarisa, Caribbean Sand-lance

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very elongate, depth ~10% SL
long, pointed snout
D long 43-45; A short 17, under rear of D
LL 92-95
4 scales above LL, 9 below
lower jaw projecting
pelvics I,5 > 5.9% SL



Protammodytes sarisa (Robins & Böhlke, 1970)

Caribbean Sand-lance

Body elongate, compressed, relatively short, slender, depth ~10% SL; head pointed, snout long; mouth small, opens at front, top jaw protractile; a projecting lower jaw; no teeth; a single low, very long-based dorsal fin, 43-45 rays; anal fin short based, under rear of dorsal fin, 17 rays; dorsal and anal fins without spines; pelvic fins present, well developed, length 6% SL; tail forked; lateral line very high on the sides; minute smooth scales not arranged in oblique rows, 92-95 on lateral line, 4 & 9 scales above and below the lateral line; lateral line simple, without branches or accessory projections above it.


Reaches at least 12 cm

Presumably on sandy bottoms

Depth range 187 m

Known only from a single specimen collected off St Vincent, SE Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Antilles endemic
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 12
Depth Range Min
Depth Range Max
  • 187